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        (04/23/2001) grace for change
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: grace for change

Recently, we talked about true change. First, that
true change was effortless. Second, that in order to
maintain that change, we need to have a single eye
that is full of light. Be positive. Look at God's Word
all the time. Reject negative or destructive thoughts
or temptation.

What happens if we fail? We thought we've changed for
good, dropped a destructive habit, overcome a
depression, etc. and suddenly, we fall again.

When Adam failed, he let guilt get the better of him
and he hid from God. He forgot that God is a good God.
Instead of asking for forgiveness, he played with his
guilt and he accused God for his sins.

[Genesis 3:11-12]
11 And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?
Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee
that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom THOU gavest to
be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Why did I say that Adam accused God instead of Eve?
Because Adam said, the woman whom THOU gavest to be
with me. He was indirectly accusing God.

Sometimes we suffer consequences of our sins and we
accuse God. We become angry with Him. We fail to
understand that if we ask Him for forgiveness, He
would readily forgive and receive us. Now, not only
will God forgive us, He will find us pleasing to Him.

Why do I say that? We have sinned and yet, God finds
us pleasing to Him? Because if we know how to make
ourselves right with God again, by coming to the
Father through the blood of the Lamb, we become an
aroma pleasing to God because of Jesus' sacrifice.

[1 John 4:10]
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
our sins.

What does propitiation mean? The Greek word that is
used is Hilasmos, which means "the means of
appeasing". It comes from the root word hileos which
means gracious, happy, friendly, bless.

This means that when we accept God's sacrifice, what
Jesus has done for us on the Cross, God is happy with
us and He finds us pleasing to Him.

[Ephesians 5:2]
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Hey, we become a sweetsmelling aroma. This is symbolic
of one of the types of offering in the Old Testament.
It's called the burnt offering.

[Leviticus 1:9-10]
9 He is to wash the inner parts and the legs with
water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the
altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by
fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.
10 "`If the offering is a burnt offering from the
flock, from either the sheep or the goats, he is to
offer a male without defect. (NIV)

Jesus did not only become a sin offering for us (which
is another type of offering in the Old Testament)
which means our sins are transferred to the animal. He
also became a burnt offering for us, which means that
the symbolical perfection of the animal is transferred
to us, that we may be perfect and be a sweet smelling
aroma which pleases God.

That's what it means that we are made right. All we
have to do is come to God instead of letting false
guilt get the better of us and just repent again.

[1 John 1:9]
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all

That is how God continues to give us grace for change.
When we learn that whenever we fail, He is ever ready
to accept us. We don't have to walk around with our
guilt and say "Lord, I've failed again and I'm just
such a terrible person," or "I'm just such a failure,
I might as well give up." Know that when we are made
right with Him, He finds us pleasing. He is pleased
with us not because of how great we are, but because
Christ became our perfect sacrifice.

2. New prayer requests:
i. prayer request for Michael David Howard -- guest

ii. financial relief -- guest

iii. Pray for Godly marriage -- guest

iv. for severely burned Ukrainian children -- guest

v. I need prayer -- carousel1954

vi. Prayer for financial provisions -- jaregala


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Special note: Please continue to pray for me. I've had
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in Christ,
Wai Hun 
Monday, April 23, 2001 12:00:19 AM   waihun

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